Staff Directory

The Estancia Valley Classical Academy Staff Directory

Mrs. Dixie Ford

Mrs. Dixie Ford

Third Grade Instructor

Mrs. Ford grew up on land homestead by her family in New Mexico in the early 1900’s as pinto bean farmers.  Later her family transitioned into cattle ranching that continues on even now.  Mrs. Ford received her BBA from the University of New Mexico in Accounting.  After college she was asked to be married by her high school and college sweetheart, Peter.  She worked in public accounting until they were blessed with their first child, Maria.  At that time, she used her accounting abilities to work in industry while caring for their daughter.  Four years later they were blessed with their son Edward.  After both children were school age, Mrs. Ford was asked to join the team at Estancia Valley Classical Academy and was able to use her love of learning and teaching children as a career.  She then received her teaching certificate from New Mexico Junior College.   Mrs. Ford loves music and spending time with her family.

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Mrs. Amanda Franklin

Mrs. Amanda Franklin

Student Services Instructor

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Mrs. Devin Garcia

Mrs. Devin Garcia

School Nurse, RN, BSN

Devin is a Registered Nurse with her bachelors in nursing and certification in trauma critical care. She has spent her entire nursing career at UNMH emergency room where she first trained under Nurse Nandino over six years ago! She is married to a traveling nurse and together they have a five year old daughter who started kindergarten at EVCA this year, and twin four year old boys! She enjoys spending time with her family and in her spare time watching true crime documentaries.

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Email: [email protected]

Mrs. Deanna Gordon

Mrs. Deanna Gordon

Fourth Grade Instructor

Deanna Gordon is a level II teacher beginning her fourth year in education. Deanna completed two bachelor’s degrees in science at ENMU, then completed the alternate teacher licensure program at CNM obtaining a license in K-12 SPED as well as Elementary Education. She is currently working on her Master’s in Education Administration. Deanna is happily married and mother to five children, two of which attend EVCA. She enjoys hiking, her animals, golf, Dungeons and Dragons, art, and writing.

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Email: [email protected]

Mr. Ian Gordon

Mr. Ian Gordon

Fourth Grade Instructor

Ian Gordon is a level II teacher in his fifth year of teaching. Ian graduated from UNM cum laude with a bachelor’s in English Literature and a minor in Philosophy. He is a proud father of five amazing children (ages seven to seventeen). Ian is a lifelong citizen of Albuquerque. His hobbies include reading, poetry (reading and writing), playing golf, mountain biking, playing Dungeons and Dragons and driving his wife and kids crazy with his terrible dad jokes. Finally, Mr. Gordon may or may not be Batman.

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Mrs. Jodi Henson

Mrs. Jodi Henson

Kindergarten Instructor

Mrs. Henson will be starting her 7th year at EVCA. She spent 4 years as a 4th grade teacher and worked in the Student Services program.  This year, Mrs. Henson will be our new kindergarten teacher.  She received her bachelors in elementary education as well as special education in 2017. In 2020, Mrs. Henson received her masters to teach English at the Collegiate level.  Mrs. Henson has over 20 years of classroom experience.  Mrs. Henson is a Montessorian and began her studies and teaching pre-k and kindergarten for many years prior to joining the EVCA family. Mrs. Henson has two boys that attend EVCA. Aidan is a senior and Andrew is extremely excited to be in 6th grade.  Her little girl is enjoying her time with family before she joins EVCA. Mrs. Henson is truly excited to be part of the EVCA family! When not at school, Mrs. Henson enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

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Mrs. Amber Hernandez

Mrs. Amber Hernandez

Health Office Assistant

Mrs. Hernandez has been a medical assistant since 2013, working at various local clinics. She decided to switch to being a health assistant for a change of pace. Mrs. Hernandez has three children enrolled in EVCA and will credit the school when strangers have commented on how well behaved they are. She has been a resident of Edgewood for 6 years. She loves to read, crochet and spend time with her family in her free time. Mrs. Hernandez is excited to be a part of EVCA!

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Email: [email protected]

Mr. Matthew Hernandez

Mr. Matthew Hernandez

Student Support Specialist

Matthew is a retired Army sergeant injured serving in Afghanistan in 2010. He has three children who go to the EVCA, one in 5th, one in 9th, and another in 10th grade. He has a BS in Digital Cinematography from Full Sail University. He likes to spend time volunteering his cinematography skills to local events and with his church. He is looking forward to working with the staff to make this a great year for EVCA.

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Email: [email protected]

Mr. Ryan Homistek

Mr. Ryan Homistek

Director of Upper School

Mr. Homistek hails from Uniontown, Pennsylvania where he graduated cume laude with a BS in Secondary Education-Social Sciences from California University of PA in 2002. After teaching high school and serving as a football coach in Pennsylvania and Maryland, Mr. Homistek arrived in New Mexico in 2006. In an unexpected profession calling as an instructional leader, Mr. Homistek pursued a Master’s of Arts Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University. Upon being asked to lead the school, Mr. Homistek earned his Education Administration certification at Eastern New Mexico University. Mr. Homistek enjoyed working as a K=12 school leader in APS,  as the principal of Ernie Pyle Middle School, and later Albuquerque High School. It has been a vocation teaching and leading in charter and comprehensive public schools for the last 21 years. Mr. Homistek is excited to be a new resident  in the East Mountains with his wife Kelley and 12, 13, and 17 year old kids. In his spare time, Mr. Homistek enjoys engaging in church activities, exercising, watching the Steelers and Penguins, dabbling in brewing, and raising chickens. He is very proud to join EVCA as the Director of Upper School.

Contact

Phone: 505-431-3822 ext. 37

Email: [email protected]

Mrs. Carrie Jansson

Mrs. Carrie Jansson

First Grade Instructor

Ms. Jansson is pleased to bring content rich instruction to her first graders. She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico. Prior to that Ms. Jansson was a physical therapist technician, dental assistant, and a stay-at-home mom. She has three grown daughters, and a teenage son. Currently, she is in the second year of the LETRS course, which is a professional development that empowers teachers to understand scientifically based reading instruction. Ms. Jansson’s passions are serving others, DIY projects, and teaching. She spends her time with her family, studying the Bible, reading, journaling, camping, completing puzzles and attending church.

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